Youth: Life at Its Peak in "Sonnet 15" by William Shakespeare

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As each day goes by the beauty of our vibrant youth decays and diminishes. In "Sonnet 15" Shakespeare refers to youth as life at its peak, however this precious point in our life is short-lived. Shakespeare speaks of youth as a single moment of perfection. He glorifies youth and alleges to immortalize it through his poetic words. He uses metaphors, imagery, and rhyme in a way to enhance the beauty and perfection of mans youth while in its prime. Through this he demonstrate the love and richness of youth despite the tole time takes on it. Within the first few lines of the sonnet we notice Shakespeare's use of metaphoric language. His usage of metaphors provokes another thought to the reader, rather then what's just written on the page. …show more content…
Similar to the metaphor is the simile. Shakespeare makes a powerful comparison to man as a developing plant. "That men as plants increase ... Cheered and Checked even by the self-same sky" (Shakespeare, lines 5-6). Like plants, men develop, grow, as well as multiply. Both are weathered by the same conditions, and energized by the same source. Again, this comparison allows us to see the simplicity of a plant, and relate it to the complexity of man. By Shakespeare making the relation on a smaller scale, it allows the reader to better understand the point he is trying to convey. Even though man and plant are vastly different, this comparison allows us to see that in reality they are a lot alike. Another technique that Shakespeare uses to enhance his style is imagery. He uses imagery to evoke an experience that will hopefully appeal to the senses of the reader. Shakespeare's use of imagery is very effective. However with the overall tone of the sonnet being both positive and negative, he produces both positive and negative imagery. Shakespeare refers to men as plants in line 5, "When i perceive that men as plants increase" We can interpret this as a case of positive imagery. Like men, plants grow and develop in hopes of reaching their pure perfection. They are considered to be perfect when they flourish into something beautiful, tall, strong and powerful. According to Shakespeare a

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